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I went to the supermarket and saw fennel for the first time so I bought it, but I don't know how to cook it or use it in food. Can you send me a couple recipes so that I can try something. Thank you very much.
Christine from Trinidad, West Indies
Hi Christine.I love fennel and it's aniseed flavour, sometimes I use it raw in salads, just slice it and add to a mixed salad.It is very nice with sliced ham(the Spanish ham Serrano is best) but I am biased because I live in Spain. As a side dish I slice it and braise it in chicken stock. Hope this will get you started.
The flavoring works well in many Oriental dishes, although I'm not too fond of how the Chinese have been putting poisoned items into the foods they sell the U.S. right now, so I'd just chop it finely and use it on fish and I believe it can be frozen if not wet.
Here is a link I found with all sorts of fennel recipes and info. I've never cooked with it but I see it all the time on the Food Network shows. I believe it is used often in Italian cooking. Let us know how it turns out.
We use fennel that comes in a jar in the spice section of a supermarket as a tea. Use a teaspoon of it per cup. It has a mild sweet licorice flavor and it is good for colic, indigestion, bloat, gas, and stomache and is a natural relaxant.
I slice the white part of a fresh fennel bulb into sticks and dip it in good olive oil with some cracked black pepper as a snack. It is also great in salads. But I don't like to eat the green stalky part.
I use fennel in the spice section jars, it give spaghetti a GREAT kick and everyone loves it.
Actually even if my sauce is shhhh Ragu or store brand canned spaghetti sauce I add a tablespoon or
so of fennel seeds to it.
Have you ever heard of adding fennel seed to your homemade spaghetti sauce? Is it any good?
P.J. from Delaware
My mother has always adds it to her homemade sauce and it is great.
Fennel is one of the main spices used when making Italian sausage, it gives it that distinctive sweet flavor associated with Italian Sausage. I would think if you added it to a simple sauce it would give it a more well rounded Italian flavor.
This is a frequent ingredient of italian food and has a distintive licorice-like flavor. Some folks don't like that, but it's worth a try.
Oh I love it, it says to use in spaghetti sauce on the
spice bottle. My husband really liked it . I really like
in italian sausage try a little bit next time you make
sauce, and taste it! yum.I add a dash to my sauce out of the jar.
I use to watch my ex Italian MIL make sauce and see her use cinnamon and was told it brings all the flavors together, I am not familiar with the Fennel but thought it may be of intrest to you to know what the cinnamon can do.
Fennel seed, in our family, was always used in sauce for pizza. Havn't tried it in spaghetti sauce, but will. Thanks
This page contains creamy fennel recipes. Fennel can be prepared in many ways, one delicious option is to cook it in a cream sauce.